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LEGAL WOES FORCING NCAA TO REEVALUATE ORGANIZATION'S SET-UP?
Published July 13, 1998
The case against the NCAA for "severely limiting the salaries paid to certain assistant basketball coaches," was featured in an extensive piece by Marcia Chambers in Sunday's N.Y. TIMES. The suit has "resulted in a roughly" $80M legal defeat, the "costliest such setback in the organization's history." Chambers: "To its critics, the N.C.A.A.'s mishandling of the coaches' case reflected some of the wider, longstanding flaws of the organization -- institutional arrogance, questionable structuring of its legal representation, anachronistic views of the college sports industry -- and goes a long way toward explaining why it has suffered a variety of defeats and come under additional assaults." The NCAA has begun a "far-reaching restructuring in governance," creating a new exec committee to "establish budgets and set fundamental policies and strategies." The NCAA has also hired its own in-house lawyer to manage its legal affairs, "a practical move many thought was overdue." NCAA President Cedric Dempsey said that the coaches ruling is a "watershed experience for the organization, forcing it to find another way of doing business." Dempsey: "We will take a full-scale look at every rule. We are willing to change" (N.Y. TIMES, 7/12).